A dog rescuer has labelled thieves “lowest of the low” for stealing food from strays.
Karen Anderson, who is well known in Horden for her years of rescuing Cavalier King Charles spaniels, said more than ten bags of dog food, which had been donated to help her work, were stolen during a raid on her garage.
And, she was left upset to discover a small collar and tag from her 12-year-old dog, Ellie, who died just eight weeks ago, had also been taken.
The 45-year-old East Durham woman, said she was left stunned when she realised the raiders had broken into the garage of her Rosedale Terrace home.
Karen who is currently caring for seven abandoned dogs, said: “Everyone around here knows me and knows about the dogs and a lot of people donate tins and bags of food to help. I can’t believe thieves could take it.
“I just want people to know how low someone can stoop, they are the lowest of the low.
“It was so upsetting to find Ellie’s little pink collar had gone, I had had her since I rescued her at just five weeks old.”
As well as the food, hundreds of pounds worth of other items, including £200 worth of paint and decorating items the family had bought the day before, were also taken from the garage.
Karen’s partner, Andrew Williams, 46, secured the garage on Tuesday evening, June 23, but when Karen went in at around 8.30am the following day, via an inter-connecting door from the house, she realised the roller shutter garage door had been forced.
She said: “We were going to decorate so had moved a lot of items into the garage in preparation.”
Karen thinks someone must have been watching when they unloaded all the paint from the car.
Also taken during the raid, which has been reported to the police, was a jet wash, hundreds of CDs, DVD box sets, a dog cage and even some old wellies.
At the moment Karen is looking for good homes for two of the dogs in her care and if anyone is interested they can contact her on 07912 445856.